SSL encrypts information sent between your website and its users’ web browser, preventing it from being read as it is sent. You’ll know if you’re using such a site as the URL bar will have a padlock and “HTTPS” in the address instead of “HTTP”.
On e-commerce sites, SSL is usually only reserved for the checkout pages and isn’t featured elsewhere on websites. Online consumers and browsers alike both prefer to see that secure looking padlock in the address bar. It gives them the confidence to know that your site is safe and their details with it. They add trust and legitimacy to a website and elevate your status amongst the rival brands.
Since the announcement, there has been a backlash against the proposal, with people asking if it is entirely necessary for a site that doesn’t use any login or sensitive information to be this secure. If you want to have an edge over the opposition, this is a great starting place. It is just good practice and will become more important. To remain competitive, we must do all we can to push our Google rankings. So if they deem this necessary, why shouldn’t you?
With GSVR Web & Email hosting all our packages come with the option to install a free SSL certificate. There is no reason why you should not have an SSL certificate installed on your site.
How to install your free SSL on GSVR.
- Access Your Cpanel
- Select Lets Encrypt SSL
- Issue SSL
Access Your Cpanel
This process is extremely easy and you should not think that this is too hard, it really isn’t. Anyone can do it. The first thing you need to do is access your Cpanel. Cpanel can be accessed via your member portal.(Check this tutorial)
Once you are in your Cpanel scroll down and click on “Let’s Encrypt SSL” see image below.
Select Lets Encrypt SSL
Once you are on the “Let’s Encrypt SSL” page in Cpanel you will see a link called +Issue, under the actions column. Click Issue when you are ready to go to the next step.
This next step is where you assign the domain you wish to have the SSL installed too. By default, everything should be ticked on this page. You can double check by referencing the image below. Once you are happy click the Issue button.
That’s all there is to it. You have successfully installed your very own SSL certificate. You can confirm that there were no issues if you receive the following result.
There a couple of follow up tutorials to having a functioning SSL certificate on your website. You can check out these following tutorials:
- Enabling SSL on WordPress
- Fixing SSL errors
Please keep in mind that Lets Encrypt does not offer any insurance like your typical SSL certificate. If you want Insurance with your SSL certificate you check out GSVR’s premium range of SSL Certificates starting at $24.95.